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Improvement in Congenital Torticollis, Plagiocephaly & Breastfeeding Issues in an Infant Following Subluxation Based Chiropractic Care: A Case Study

Sian Williams DC & Joel Alcantara, DC


Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health – Chiropractic ~ Volume 2014 ~ Issue 4 ~ Pages 87-94 



Objective: To describe the chiropractic care of an infant with congenital muscular torticollis and plagiocephaly.


Clinical Features: A 6-week-old boy was presented by his mother for chiropractic consultation and possible care with a chief complaint of left sided plagiocephaly and right sided contractures of the sternocleidomastoid (SCM) muscles. Patient was a twin born via Caesarean section. Static and motion palpation revealed a hypertonic right SCM muscles and left lateral atlas subluxation.


Interventions and Outcomes: The patient was cared for using the Activator Instrument to address spinal subluxations along with cranial therapy to address the patient’s cranial dysfunctions. Manual stretching of the SCM was instituted as part of a home exercise program. Initial response to care was full and symmetric ROM in the cervical spine and the ability to nurse, bilaterally. The patient’s torticollis and concomitant plagiocephaly improved with 6 visits over a 3 week period.


Conclusion: This case report supports evidence-informed practice in the care of patients through the detection and removal of spinal subluxations and its concomitant salutary effects.


Key Words: Congenital muscular torticollis, plagiocephaly, vertebral subluxation, chiropractic, breastfeeding

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